Saturday, September 7, 2019, 7:00 PM PT
Venue: Cheney Stadium
Referee: Karen Abt
Assistants: Deleana Quan, Jennifer Garner
Fourth Official: Corbyn May
Weather: 63 degrees and thunderstorms
RFC - Darian Jenkins (Bethany Balcer) 3’
RFC - Darian Jenkins (Steph Catley) 12’
RFC - Beverly Yanez (Rosie White) 17’
ORL - Camilla (PK) 79’
RFC - Lauren Barnes (caution) 61’
LINEUPS & STATS
Reign FC - Casey Murphy; Theresa Nielsen, Megan Oyster, Lauren Barnes, Steph Catley; Allie Long, Beverly Yanez, Rosie White (Kristen McNabb 84’); Darian Jenkins (Ifeoma Onumonu 51’), Jodie Taylor, Bethany Balcer (Megan Rapinoe 72’)
Substitutes not used: Sammy Jo Prudhomme, Morgan Andrews, Celia Jiménez Delgado, Addison Steiner
Total shots: 12 (Yanez, 3)
Shots on goal: 6 (Yanez/Jenkins, 2)
Fouls: 15 (White, 4)
Offside: 1 (Jenkins, 1)
Corner kicks: 2
Saves: 3 (Murphy, 3)
Orlando Pride - Ashlyn Harris; Carson Pickett, Shelina Zadorsky, Erin Greening, Kristen Edmonds; Alanna Kennedy, Joanna Boyles (Danica Evans 74’); Claire Emslie, Dani Weatherholt (Marisa Viggiano 69’), Rachel Hill (Abby Elinsky 83’); Camila
Substitutes not used: Haley Kopmeyer, Bridget Callahan, Julie King, Morgan Reid
Total shots: 12 (Emslie, 4)
Shots on goal: 4 (4-way tie, 1)
Fouls: 9 (Boyles, 3)
Offside: 2 (Hill, 2)
Saves: 3 (Harris, 3)
Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe
On how it felt to get on the pitch
It was great after two months and five hours of trying to get back on the field. Obviously, the game was a little jumbled once I got in, I didn’t help settle it down much, but just to be back out there and get my lungs a little bit and get my legs back under me felt good.
On how the weather delay did or didn’t affect the plan for her to play
I was always on a specific minutes restriction. It was between 20 to 30; that’s what we had talked about with the national team and the team here. That was right in that range. The way the game went, I thought that was a good amount of time.
On if she expects to play more against Washington
I think so. I feel good. I think it’s just a matter of getting the miles back on the legs and seeing how long I can go. It’s been a minute since I’ve played and having a chunk of training under me. This week will be good. Hopefully, I’ll try to play a bit more once we’re in Washington.
On what she did during the weather delay
I was just bullshitting about how I’ve never seen a strike of lightning here in my seven years here as a resident in Seattle and all of a sudden we have strike after strike. That was crazy. We just chilled and kept it pretty low. We knew right off the bat that it was going to be a little while. I think that’s better, when you’re not having to check every 15 or 30 minutes. We were just kicking it, probably on Instagram a bit too much. I didn’t really warm up because I knew I was going to go in in the second half, anyways. I just stayed chilling.
Reign FC forward Darian Jenkins
On what allowed her such a fast start
I was able to see the space that they were giving us. We sat a lot wider and were able to find pockets behind the outside back. That was the first and second goal, just finding those pockets of space and fitting in.
On how it feels to score a brace after recovering from injury
It’s been really nice. Finally, after this last week of and training this week on grass, I finally feel like I’m back to my normal self. Being able to sprint comfortably and have that explosiveness that’s a major part of my game is really nice and built my confidence for this game.
On trying to retain the offensive momentum after the delay
It’s definitely difficult to deal with. You come off that adrenaline rush after three goals and then you sit. Then it’s ‘oh, we have to sit longer and longer and longer.’ Being able to maintain that mentality and energy is difficult, but we have such an experienced team that it wasn’t an issue at all. We came out and still played well.
Orlando Pride head coach Marc Skinner
His thoughts on the match
There were 14 minutes of madness where we’ve allowed three goals that were just not good enough. I’m really proud of the team after that point. To have a rain delay, to go down three goals and then to come back in the last 70 minutes and effectively win the game 1-0, that shows what we should have done from the start. It’s just a wasted short amount of time that you can’t have in this league, especially against teams that are chasing to be in the playoffs. I was proud of them, I’m going to remain proud of them for their 70 minute performance and then we have to wipe those minutes out. I think we’ve been plagued by that this season. Silly goals at silly times that affect the result for us. As you can see, we can compete for anybody. We can compete for 70 minutes and we should have taken the game on that and that’s something that we have to learn from very quickly.
What allowed Reign FC their fast start?
I think what happens is that we have some influential players out. I think when you have to change a back line again and again and again, you just get moments and lapses in concentration. I’m going to give credit to (Reign FC) for what they did as well. They started quick. They were fast. They hit behind our lines quickly and played pretty direct. It got them up and comfortable in the game, albeit from our mistakes at first. Again, I just think it comes from the cohesion of being able to play together. I haven’t been able to get a back line together for a consistent period to give us a stability. That’s something that we’re fixing and continuing to fix for next season.
On the timeline for Alex Morgan and Marta’s return
At this moment I don’t (have a timeline). I’m hopeful that we can get something this week, because we’ve got a three-game week. I’m hopeful to welcome Ali (Krieger) back this week. That’s really important too because it gives us more stability in that back line. You see, we have to change and adapt all the time. That’s the real key. We just can’t get consistency in performance and the lineup that we choose. I’m hopeful that we can get them back this week and then start to show people where Orlando is going to be heading next season.